The Difference Between A DUI And A DWI In Texas

The terms Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) are often used interchangeably in casual conversation, but there are some key differences depending on which state or jurisdiction you’re in. Under Texas law, a person is considered to be intoxicated if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08% or higher, or if they are impaired by drugs or alcohol to the extent that they cannot Read More

What You Need to Know About Bail and Bonds

In the unfortunate event that you have been accused of breaking the law and are arrested, you will likely come into contact with the system of bail and bonds. In the past, we have discussed what to do if you’re arrested, and it’s just as important to know ways to spend as little time in jail as possible. This article will show you the differences between bail and bonds and how they can help you in a difficult Read More

What Do I Do If I’m Arrested?

Being accused of a crime is a traumatic experience that can happen to anyone at any time. Regardless of the nature of the incident, you have a constitutional right to counsel. Unfortunately, law enforcement may take advantage of the time it takes for your lawyer to come to your aid and use their extensive resources to gather a confession, even if you are innocent of any wrongdoing. The steps you can take immediately Read More

Self-Defense in Texas: Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground

Everyone has a right to feel safe in their home and in public. Although it’s rare that you will experience a physical attack or home invasion, when your life's on the line, you don’t want to make concessions. Ending a life is something that can never be taken back, and the experience is traumatic. The last thing anyone wants during this difficult time is to stand before a court and explain that had no choice in the Read More

What is Intoxication Assault?

When many people hear the term intoxication assault, they don’t really know what it means. Some people even assume that it would be when someone gets in a fight while drunk, but that is not actually the case. Intoxication assault is defined in Texas Penal Code Chapter 49. The legal code says, “a person commits an offense if the person, by accident or mistake, while operating an aircraft, watercraft, or amusement ride Read More

Understanding Federal Smuggling Crimes

In Texas, the issue of illegal or undocumented immigration is nothing new. The way that many of these people get over the border, however, is constantly evolving. Today, many people are being solicited online to help bring people over the border or harbor them once they enter the state. This can be done by enticing those who want to help out of a sense of compassion, or through manipulation, or by offering financial Read More

Charles A. Banker Selected to 2022 Super Lawyers

I am pleased to announce my selection to the 2022 Super Lawyers list. I want to thank my many current and former clients for giving me the opportunity to serve them.   Super Lawyers designates no more than five percent of attorneys in Texas based on experience and expertise in their field, achievement, and a peer-influenced rating system.    See Selection Here   Read More

How to Follow and Comply with New Gun Laws

As the new legislation aimed at ‘Ghost Guns’ takes effect, gun owners, manufacturers, and gun shop operators need to make sure they know how to stay in compliance with the new regulations. Since only a small percentage of guns sold are ghost guns, most people will not need to do anything in order to remain in compliance with all state and federal firearm regulations. It is important to note, however, that when ghost Read More

New Rules Aimed At “Ghost Guns” Could Impact Your Personal Firearms

In April of 2022, President Biden made a change to existing rules surrounding gun serial numbers and identification. These changes recently went into effect in August, and are part of an attempt to reduce the trafficking of “ghost guns” or firearms that are made entirely from parts that can be ordered online without a background check. While the efficacy of these laws in preventing ghost guns from being manufactured Read More

Your Third DWI Could Come With Some Serious Penalties

Those with existing DWI convictions should be careful - regardless of how your existing DWI convictions have been handled, receiving a third could spell trouble. Any DWI charge is a serious matter, but Texas law specifies that the third DWI on your record carries much heavier penalties than the first two. While the simplest solution is to avoid drinking and driving at all, we’re here to make sure you’re aware of the Read More